Women have been welding since The Great Depression. Afterward many of those women left those positions and today there are currently only about 5% of women who occupy the welding workforce. Companies today need diversity in the workplace and are willing to offer higher pay, better benefits, and a greater opportunity for advancement. Women make up only 27% of manufacturing workers, the lowest percentage since 1971. However, since 2004, the number of women entering apprenticeship programs has increased by 30%. Old perceptions that manufacturing is a male-dominated field still exists, and women fear they won’t be able to climb the ladder. But this is changing. And we are going to help.